NP Neusiedlersee Seewinkel
Nationalparks Austria NPA
Eintrag Nr. 39585
Birding Hotspots - 43 routes around Lake Neusiedl
Foreword: It took quite a long time for scientific ornithological research to be properly established in the Lake Neusiedl and Seewinkel region. Today, we find that no other group of animals is as thoroughly studied as the birds. The abundance of rare and/or conspicuous species in this region is an enormous attraction. More than 350 species have already been observed here. The diversity of habitats giant reed expanses, mowed meadows, pasture areas, vegetation-free shores of the saline lakes, loess and sand scarps, haystacks, small forests, and windbreaks enabled this rich birdlife to develop. Birdwatching combines the challenge of identifying species with the sheer joy of observing birds' natural behaviour. It is little wonder, therefore, that a love for birds already described in antiquity as a scientia amabilis has developed into a major recreational pastime. Birdwatching has become a trend in Austria a fact that is illustrated by the stream of visitors to the BirdExperience, hosted annually by the Neusiedler See - Seewinkel National Park. Many birdwatchers visiting the region are well prepared and know when and where certain species are best encountered. But one can never have too much information about this region and its bird fauna. What does this book offer? Detailed descriptions of 43 select routes around Lake Neusiedl (including Hungary and the lake's western shore), lists of species to expect, recommended seasons to visit, detailed maps of observation sites, and additional information about individual species and historically relevant events along each of the routes. The author, Christoph Roland, is a freelance ornithologist, a National Park guide since 2003, and a scientific collaborator in the ornithological monitoring of the Neusiedler See - Seewinkel National Park.